Watch Your Back GoDaddy! – ‘Google Domains’ Officially Launches in the U.S.

Screenshot of the Google Domains landing page, when feature a search box to search for domain name

Google is waging competitive takeovers on all fronts, from cannibalizing music lyrics sites, to going mano y mano against domain registration powerhouses GoDaddy and Namecheap.

Last June, Google debuted its Google Domain service to a small number of testers. And even in test mode, it had a profound impact on its competitors:

Google’s entry into the domain names market put a crimp on GoDaddy’s IPO plans [last year], and impacted that of other web rivals.
GoDaddy [then] began stressing how it was working to diversify its product offerings to include more than just support for domain buying, but expanding into all aspects of helping customers run their online business.

Source: Techcrunch

Yesterday, Google moved its Google Domains service from testing to public beta, making it available to all U.S. consumers.

The service’s features include:

  • Domain pricing starting at $12/yr
  • Free private registration
  • Free email forwarding to a Gmail inbox for up to 100 email aliases
  • Free domain forwarding
  • Easy domain mapping sync with a Blogger blog
  • Easy integration with website builder partners including Shopify, Squarespace, Weebly or Wix
  • Support for up to 100 sub-domains
  • Daily chat, email and phone support for new and existing customers

Google plans to roll out Google Domains internationally. The ETA on that, however, is TBD.

 

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One thought on “Watch Your Back GoDaddy! – ‘Google Domains’ Officially Launches in the U.S.

  1. Reblogged this on and commented:
    It is going to be very interesting to see how Google Domains affect the Domain Name Industry. My opinion is that it will be either one extreme or the other…. Either it will bring an enormous amount of attention and excitement to the domain industry and expand the market or it will take over the industry and engulf all the little guys out there…..What do you think?

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